A BLESSED ADVENTURE
by Adam (click here to read the story from Bethany’s P.O.V.)
Aloha friends & fans of Bethany!
I am sure you’re as stoked as I am about the exciting event of Bethany and my engagement! Our relationship has been an amazing and blessed adventure. Most importantly my relationship with God has been the most incredible part of my life. If it wasn’t for God, Bethany and I would have never met.
Two years ago I was graduating from college with the calling on my heart to help my friend start Young Life, a youth ministry, on the island of Kauai. It was hard leaving family and friends behind, but I have found that as soon as we abandon ourselves to God and do the task He has placed closest to us, He begins to fill our lives with surprises.
My year commitment to volunteer with YoungLife was coming to an end. However, I had heard God urging me to stay and continue reaching out to the youth. So I committed to stay another year. When we have the right relationship with God, life is full of spontaneous, joyful, occurrences. As I was working with the youth, I was praying for a close friend, and I was in for an amazing surprise!
Bethany and I met through mutual friends. Right away I could tell she was pretty cool (I mean she jumped a 40 foot cliff into the ocean with me!), she’s down to earth, and I could tell she understood my heart for The Lord and others; and I saw her heart as well. After hanging out several more times, I felt in my heart that I would like to pursue a relationship with her. On the beautiful Na Pali coast I told Bethany what was on my heart and asked if it was ok to pursue a meaningful closer friendship with her. On accident she said “I do!” Haha with a quick, “I mean yes!”
We continued to have fun experiences together and every time we hung together with friends, every hike, every little adventure; I could tell we were being drawn closer together. I find so much joy in who Bethany is, a woman who genuinely seeks after God, kind, funny, adventurous, and joyful.
When we have the right relationship with God, life is full of spontaneous, joyful, occurrences.
Bethany and I were falling in love. Love is something I have learned to not take lightly. I have seen what true unconditional love is through God’s mercy and grace in my life. To tell someone that you love them is expressing something that only God can give. The fountains from which love flows are in God, not in us. His love is in us because it “has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit . . .” (Romans 5:5). God has been filling my life with His love and an abundant love for Bethany that will never go away.
Every time she says, “I love you,” I can’t help but smile and skip a few heart beats. To feel the love of someone who genuinely loves me for who I am and am becoming, is indescribable (maybe I could if I were a poet). I know her love for me comes from Christ, and I am very thankful.
I was stoked when I asked Bethany’s parents blessing to ask her hand in marriage. They were overjoyed and gave their permission! My parents and family were also in approval! Soon I had a wonderful caper planned to express my love; to ask Bethany’s hand in marriage. When she said, “yes!”, we entered into an even more beautiful continuation of our relationship. We have always sought to have God first and foremost in our relationship, to have Him at the center of it all. Now, we are seeking proper guidance from a Pastor and his wife to prepare us and guide us to continue to keep God in the middle of everything and to love each other the way God has intended us to. I am looking forward to keep getting to know Bethany more and more every day and grow in our love every day. It is exciting to know that we have differences and are not perfect, but that is where we get to show and give God’s unconditional love to one another. One of my favorite things we do, is pray together as much as we can. I want to support Bethany, encourage her, and lift her up as God continues to shape and mold her into the beautiful woman of God that she is.
Bethany, I am so excited for our adventure together for the rest of our lives. I promise to respect you, grow closer to Christ together, and to always love you through the hard times and to celebrate with you in all the awesome times. I love you!